Mystery Men Comics, No. 25, August 1941. Fox Publications.
This issue featured The Blue Beetle and The Green Mask. Check out the back ad, too. It's a 12 oz bottle of cola (with Vitamin B1!) and is advertised as "enough for two." These days our American fat-asses routinely order 48-60-72 oz super-sized drinks, and that's for the children! Great graphics here.
Smash Comics, No. 15, October 1940. Published by E. M. Arnold.
This issue featured The Ray among many other characters in several stories, including Abdul the Arab, Bozo the Robot, Magno, Wings Wendall, Purple Trio and many others. The back ad features the "sensational new Daisy 1000-shot Red Ryder Cowboy Carbine." Yessiree, Bob, only $2.95.
Wonder World Comics, No. 17, September 1940. Fox Publications.
This issue featured The Flame, as well as Yarko the Great, Spark Stevens, Dr. Fung, K-51 Spies at War and several characters. These "almost" wartime comics feature a lot of spy stories. The back cover ad is a house ad for Fox's other comic books of the time, all with great covers, great art, great colors and a ten cent cover price!
Super Spy, No. 2, November 1940. Centaur Publications.
This issue featured several spies, the title character, Super Spy, S. S. Swanson, The Inner Circle, The Drew Ghost, The Night Hawk, Dean Denton scientific adventurer, and several more spies. On a lighter note, the centerfold is called "Laughits" and are short jokes with very cartoony illustrations for the younger readers. The back cover ad is that classic comic book look of approximately fifty tiny ads with absolutely microscopic type advertising "how to throw your voice," "live chameleons and turtles," "wonderful home X-Rays," "balanced throwing knife," and "blank cartridge pistol," among other "toys" for your 1940s child!!!
M Y C O L L E C T I O N — I found these four comic books in a small box, unopened from our Leete's Island home, sold in 1985. I also have a small collection of other vintage comics, perhaps fifty or so, mostly from the '50s and '60s. I didn't know about these four until today. Also in the box were three full color catalogs for the mid 1950s line of American Flyer Trains by A. C. Gilbert, which also featured their Erector Sets and Chemistry Sets. Gilberts was located in New Haven, and Hoohoo worked for them for a short time during this period.